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DPittman
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:43 pm    Post subject: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A friend of mine lent me his 5000 Ford with a loader and a blade on the back to fix my driveway with so needless to say I’ve discovered the handiness of having a machine like this sitting in the shed. That said I’ve found a 3400 Ford with a loader on this website that I intend to buy unless the Ford gurus on this page can give me a good reason not to. The picture and description the owner gave me gives me every indication it’s something I can roll off the trailer and start using it with no problems. I know to look for leaks, make sure it starts good, tires etc. but I’m wondering if there’s any inherent problems with a 3400 that I need to look for like weak rearend, hydraulics or stuff like that. I know Ford built many a fine tractors for many years and the number of them still in service is testimony to their reliability. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. DP
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A 3400 has shoe brakes VS wet disc. 3400 has 6x4,4x4,sos,6 speed, vs 8 speed or sos on 5000. Has front hyd pump for faster loader hyd.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:03 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks like the same tractor has also been on Craigslist for a few days.

https://terrehaute.craigslist.org/grd/d/prairie-creek-ford-3400/7211675727.html

I'm always curious about fresh paint and an hour meter that shows 8 hours. I've been looking for a similar tractor in the same general area this year. It's unusual for a loader tractor of that size and price to last for more than a few hours in that part of Indiana.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:03 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 3400 was designed to be a loader tractor. It has a non-adjustable front axle that it stronger than the standard ag chassis models in the 2000/3000 series. It is smaller and lighter than a 5000, so keep that in mind when trying to lift heavy loads. It'll need more rear ballast than a 5000 to be able to lift the same amount of weight in the loader, but it can do a lot, just in slightly smaller bites. The 5000 weighs well over 5000 lbs. without any additional ballast, and a 3400 is under 4000 lbs in the same trim.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:19 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote



It could be an OK deal but that sort of paint job makes it very scary. A flipper will often try to hide major problems under heavy paint. There is a whole lot more that you will want to look closely at. I would check the engine internally with a compression tester and vacuum gauge. They are too cheap to not own.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Im guessing its a gas engine...

check it out, top to bottom... someone put a great paint job on the loader and hood, but I wont hold that against the tractor. Price is very good if the tractor checks out.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Contact me I'll tell you my experience with a 3400 tractor! Jim in N.M.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

sotxbill wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:44:24 10/14/20)
Im guessing its a gas engine...

check it out, top to bottom... someone put a great paint job on the loader and hood, but I wont hold that against the tractor. Price is very good if the tractor checks out.



Bill, a paint job with almost no masking and you can't even tell if it was spray or brush is not usually called good let alone great.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

showcrop wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:25:51 10/14/20)
sotxbill wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:44:24 10/14/20)
Im guessing its a gas engine...

check it out, top to bottom... someone put a great paint job on the loader and hood, but I wont hold that against the tractor. Price is very good if the tractor checks out.



Bill, a paint job with almost no masking and you can't even tell if it was spray or brush is not usually called good let alone great.



Again, if the tractor checks out, I wont hold the paint job against it....


I buy tractors ugly and pretty..... And good paint has never proved the condition good or bad.

However......when selling a tractor, a good paint job will sell it faster and for more money.. I have bought a lot of jubilee series('53-'64) that were hand painted. And yes, the Ford historians refer the 53-64 as jubilee series.

Someone painted the loader from top to bottom, which is pretty hard to do with the loader on the tractor. Makes me wonder if the the loader was painted while it was off?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Shaun Wallace wrote:
(quoted from post at 22:10:48 10/13/20) A 3400 has shoe brakes VS wet disc. 3400 has 6x4,4x4,sos,6 speed, vs 8 speed or sos on 5000. Has front hyd pump for faster loader hyd.


My brothers 3400 had 8 spd with live pto just like a 3000.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Need some education Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A lot of tractors spend their life out of doors. The clear plastic on the gauge insert can't stay clear very long. I replace mine because a new one makes me feel like I got a new...er tractor. When I replace one I write the old numbers on the inside of the hood for whomever needs to know "The Rest of the Story", Paul Harvey, news caster.
 
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